Airbus In November: What Was Ordered?

Airbus had a very good November, selling upwards of 222 aircraft across a range of airlines and leasing firms. Most of these orders were made at the Dubai Air Show, which saw heavyweights like Emirates announce sweeping fleet upgrades.

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Airbus has had a very successful year. Photo: Airbus

Who ordered from Airbus?

Of all the airlines that ordered the most from Airbus, Emirates takes the cake at an order for 50 A350-900s. The airline also reduced its Boeing 777X order and replaced it with a Boeing 787 instead (which, being the cheaper variant actually means that Boeing had a net loss). Emirates traded many of its existing A380 orders that were still on the books since the large plane type was canceled last year.

In addition that that order, Airbus recently got a surprise order for four A330-800neos, the smaller and not very popular aircraft. This aircraft only has 10 orders so far (plus these new four) and many speculated that Airbus would cancel the type and push airlines to the bigger A330-900neo.

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The A330-900 has been a slow starter. Photo: Hi Fly

Speaking of the -900neo, Cebu Pacific also order 16 of the next generation A330. The aircraft takes the very best things that worked for the classic A330-300 and upgrades the engines (and interior) to provide fantastic economics. Sales have been slow for the neo A330 range, however, thanks to plentiful second-hand A330s on the market (and most airlines that operate the A330 actually have young fleets under 10 years old and are in no rush to replace them).

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In terms of narrowbody aircraft, Air Arabia ordered 120 aircraft. They were 73 A320neos and 47 A321neos. Flynas, a fellow Middle Eastern carrier (low-cost carrier operating in Saudia Arabia) ordered 10 A321neos. Easyjet, the huge low-cost carrier in Europe ordered another 12 A320neos… because, why not, right?

Right in the closing week of the month, United came through with an impressive order for the A321XLR wondercraft. The US airline ordered 50 Airbus A321XLRs, with deliveries starting from 2024. As mentioned by fellow Simple Flying writer Joanna Bailey, this deal at list prices would be worth $7.1bn. That is $7.1 billion USD that Boeing has lost out on in its home ground.

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Airbus has been very successful at the Dubai Air Show. Photo: Airbus

WIll Airbus be able to deliver all these aircraft?

The one issue that is popping up for some experts is that with all these new orders (especially the narrow-body airframes) will Airbus even be able to deliver them?

According to a recent article published by Reuters, the European airframe builder has to deliver 135 aircraft in December in order to stay on track. This is a 6% increase from last year, but a massive jump from the 77 it delivered last month.

For those who are keeping count at home, Airbus has sold a total of 940 jets this year until now (January to November), with after cancelations of several aircraft including the Emirates A380 order comes to a positive of 718. Their rival Boeing, however, has only sold 180 aircraft, which after cancelations comes to a positive figure of 45 aircraft.

What do you think of Airbus’ efforts? Do you think they will beat Boeing this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Christopher Bryant

Airbus beats Boeing on technology, innovation and in narrow body realm, fear if the unknown factors with the 737 Max.

Michael Sheargold

Well done Airbus taking the high ground and focusing on delivering what airlines and passengers want!

Bryce

And the Airbus share price has climbed by 50% this year.
You see, Boeing: it’s still possible to get an increased share price without flushing quality down the toilet…

Ken

Boeing will never recover from the max disaster. Their reputation on safety and quality is completely shot. This is what happens when unchecked greed/capitalism takes over. Wall street never learns. There is always a new generation of short sighted people that don’t remember past lessons.

Kevin vaughan

I would like to thank all the people working at Airbus for their dedication to quality, attention to detail and safety that’s evident in their passenger planes, I will always book with an airline that only flies this brand.

Jim

I’m definitely leaning toward all Airbus airlines for future air travel. Boeing has moved from a few glitches to outright scary stuff…hiding a system that had the ability to slam an aircraft into the ground (two all lives lost crashes), metal filings rattling around the airframe, a safety culture that focuses on punishing or silencing those who raise concerns, no accountability at the top. It’s not specific models anymore; it’s loss of trust in the safety culture of the “manufacturer”. Since Russian and Chinese aircraft makers don’t yet have the strong, lengthy reputation for reliable commercial craft, that leaves Airbus… Read more »